Grand Chapter Session

123rd “The Heart of the Cross is Love” Session
June 17-21, 2017 in York, PA

Kim Hanshaw Susie Hulshizer
General Chairman Co-Chairman
215-901-6434(cell) 717-468-6432 (cell)

Dear Sister and Brothers,

The 123rd Session Committee of the Grand Chapter of Pennsylvania, Order of the Eastern Star Inc., has been busy getting ready for the “The Heart of the Cross is Love” Session. Festivities and Rehearsals will actually begin on Friday June 16, 2017. Our business session will convene on Monday June 19, 2017 at the York Expo and Convention Center, UTZ Arena in West York, Pennsylvania. Please pay attention to the trifold for times and dates of events.

The Headquarters for “The Heart of the Cross is Love” Session will be at the Homewood Suites by Hilton, 200 Masonic Drive, York, PA 17406. Their phone number is 717-434-1800.

There will be a lot of changes this year at Grand Chapter. The goal is to condense the meetings, while still keeping our Pennsylvania traditions. We will be recognizing our Golden Stars right after the Necrology Service which will immediately follow the Divine Service on Sunday June 18th. All Golden Stars will receive a personal invitation.

Another change is that Tuesday night, June 20th will be a “free” night for the Regions to have their DGM parties.

The other major change is that Installation of the 2017-18 Officers will be Wednesday June 21st at 2:00 PM. This is especially important when making room reservations as you might opt not to spend Wednesday night, as we have done in the past.

Please find enclosed all the information and details pertaining to each event. All proper forms are included for your reservation which must be accompanied by payment in full. ALL checks are payable to the Grand Chapter of PA OES Inc, (unless otherwise specified) and all must be in US funds.

Please indicate special dietary restrictions on your registration form otherwise none will be honored the day of the event.

The 123rd Session Committee truly hopes you have a wonderful experience at “The Heart of the Cross is Love” Session, as Diana and Bill preside over our business and activities. We hope you feel the LOVE that has been spread throughout the State this year as they traveled to your Chapter, Region or Special Event. We anticipate
a beautiful ending to Diana and Bill’s Love Walk.

Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions or concerns.

We look forward to greeting and assisting you at the Session.

Information packets and registration forms:
NON-Pennsylvania Members: Please download and print the
Visitor-1” Form, then REGISTER by completing and sending to the address indicated.

Pennsylvania Members: Please download and print the “PA-1” Form, and make all reservations through your Region’s Deputy Grand Matron.

The additional links are available for those who want segments of the full package. 

Information Out of State Pennsylvania
Event Sign-up


Trifold All Registrants-2
Dress Code All Registrants-3
Tues Bus Trip All Registrants-5
Housing Camping All Registrants-6
Vendor Information All Vendors

Bob Penoyer Ponderings

Bob Penoyer

Notes from Brother Bob
(Updated January 2016)

Notes from Brother Bob
(Updated March 2016)

Notes from Brother Bob
(Updated November 2016)

Notes from Brother Bob
(Updated February 2017)

Come back here periodically to catch up on what Brother Bob has been doing


Flying High for OES



Cockpit Seating        $    1,000.00
Wingman Section        $      500.00
Eagles’s Landing        $       250.00
1st Class Seating        $      100.00

Flyin’ High for OES with Brother Bob on his Honor Night at Pennsylvania’s Grand Chapter.

Send your Name, Title, Jurisdiction and your check payable to Keystone Eagles Club to:

Jo-Anne G. Karnes, GGCA
400 Summer Haven Court
Pittsburgh, PA 15239

Eventually the Florida web site will be updated for ORLANDO in 2018   LINK TO TRIENNIAL INFORMATION 2018

2016 Worthy Grand Matron

We wish to thank you for the confidence you have placed in us by electing us to the positions of Worthy Grand Matron and Worthy Grand Patron.  We are looking forward to meeting many of you as we progress on our Love Walk through Pennsylvania.  Your dedication to our Order and the pride you take in your ritualistic work is truly a blessing to us.  We are certain that the goals we hope to achieve will be made easier because each of you and the Love you have for our Order, our members and our charitable organizations.

Love without Ceasing


Diana N. Michael

Worthy Grand Matron

Home Chapter #263


THEME: Love Without Ceasing
EMBLEM: Heart, Cross and Angels
COLORS: Red and Purple

PA GGC Officers/Committee Chairs and Appts

Those Pennsylvania Members Supporting
Brother Robert C Penoyer and Sister Helen Westmoreland
in 2015-2018

In addition to the many PA OES Members who are supporting Brother Bob for this Triennium, the following have been selected for special appointments to the General Grand Chapter.

Judy Rutter


Judy A. Rutter
Worthy Grand Ruth


Rhonda Johnson


Rhonda M. Johnson
Ambassador to Peru



Beverly Small

I have the honor and privilege to work with the other four members of this committee to plan, prepare and provide a meaningful Memorial Service at the 49th Triennial Session in Orlando in 2018. What a JOY to serve with our Chairman from Texas and the others from Massachusetts, Michigan and Washington Jurisdictions.

CHeryl Wiilson

Cheryl D. Wilson
Chm., Public Relations

This committee is to take cognizance of matters arising from the growth and spread of the Order, to develop an effective public relations program that there may be increased understanding and appreciation of the purposes and projects of the Order, and report the same to the General Grand Chapter. I look forward to working with a committee of dedicated Sisters and Brothers.

Carla Thompson


Carla K. Thompson


Jo-Anne Karnes


Jo-Anne G. Karnes
Service Dogs




Melody K. Sorge
Triennial Assembly Chairman, PA




Helen Beth G. Vilcek
Triennial Assembly, Co-Chairman,PA




Jo-Ann E. Lauderman
Triennial Assembly Chairman, Finance, PA


Shirley Capo


Shirley B. Capo
Triennial Assembly Chairman, PA Decorating




Joyce E. Ferguson
Triennial Assembly Co-Chairman, Triennial Housing, PA



Anna H. Miller
Triennial Assembly Co-Chairman, Social Events




Mary Ann B. Naugle
Triennial Assembly Chairman, Vendors, PA




Ann K. Berger
Triennial Assembly Unfinished Business


Brad Lewis

Bradley A. Lewis
Chairman, Community Service

The aim and focus of the Community Service Committee for the General Grand Chapter, OES will be to follow the KISS method. KISS – Keep It Super Simple – KIDS / INTERNET / SCHOLARSHIPS / SUBMIT
To support the efforts to focus on our “YOUTH” as directed by the Most Worth Grand Matron. KIDS – Be of SERVICE at Schools, churches, playgrounds, vacation bible schools, camps, and etc….INTERNET – Advertise and share our SERVICE on Facebook, Twitter, Linked-In, Pinterest, Instagram, Google, and etc….SCHOLARSHIPS – Establish annual funding for financial SERVICE at Charter school, trade school, church camp, athletic camp, college, and etc…SUBMIT – Report accounts of SERVICE in the OES Journal, Newspaper, Weekly Saver Ads, Radio, Blogs, and etc…



Harry W. Fisher


Bruce Hofius


M. Bruce Hofius



John J. Kibler
Regenerative Medicine
Regenerative Medicine works to replace or restore function to damaged or diseased tissues and organs and to provide treatment for some of the diseases and injuries currently classified as untreatable. It does this with our body’s own cells!  (read more)

D. Ronald Kerns
Chairman, Shriner’s Charities


Kenneth V. Pineda
Support for First Responders

First responders are Fireman, Policemen, Hazmat and EMT’s. See me to purchase a commemorative coin for $10.00. The profits from the sale of the coins will be given to first responders determined by the greatest need. Let’s stand together and show our OES support in our community.



Mariel Penoyer
Personal Secretary to MWGP



PA Hummingbirds: PA Eagles
Barbara Adams, PGM Robert E. Holderbaum, Jr., PP
Arlene Flohr, PGM Sallie Prihode, PM
Janet Jo Dodson, PM Edward C. Seiter, PGP
Dolores Fisher, PM Karen J. Snyder, PM

2016 Worthy Grand Patron

We wish to thank you for the confidence you have placed in us by electing us to the positions of Worthy Grand Matron and Worthy Grand Patron.  We are looking forward to meeting many of you as we progress on our Love Walk through Pennsylvania.  Your dedication to our Order and the pride you take in your ritualistic work is truly a blessing to us.  We are certain that the goals we hope to achieve will be made easier because each of you and the Love you have for our Order, our members and our charitable organizations.

Inspiration, Excellence and Success

William D. Johnston

Worthy Grand Patron

Home Chapter #138

THEME: Inspiration, Excellence and Success
EMBLEM: Crossed Driver & Putter with Golf ball in Center
SPECIAL PROJECT: Tee Off for Cancer

2016 Grand Officers

Row 1:  Sandy Berkey, Grand Cond., Emily McCarthy, AGM, Diana Michael, WGM, William Johnston, WGP, Donald Graver, AGP, Orpha Kemmler, AGC
Row 2:  Brad Lewis, PGP, Gr. Trustee, Joyce Ferguson, PGM, Gr. Secy., Beverly McDowell, Gr. Chaplain,
Cheryl Eichner, Gr. Marshal, Robert Trimble, Gr. Organist, Martha Johns, Gr. Treasurer
Row 3:  Joyce Plonka, Gr Trustee, Sharon Wise, Gr. Trustee, Brenda Gale, Gr. Adah,
Cathy Hoke, Gr. Ruth, Erica Tantlinger-Gregorini, Gr. Esther, Sabrina Brobst, Gr. Martha,
Tammie Lasswell, Gr. Electa, Judith Wright, Gr. Warder, David McKibben, Gr. Sentinel

Name Chapter / Region Position
Diana N. Michael 263 / 4B Worthy Grand Matron
William D. Johnston 138 / 7B Worthy Grand Patron
Emily D. McCarthy 146 / 8A Associate Grand Matron
Donald D. Graver 446/10A Associate Grand Patron
Joyce E. Ferguson, P.G.M. 453 / 5B Grand Secretary
Martha A. Johns 392 / 8A Grand Treasurer
Sandra K. Berkey 207 / 7A Grand Conductress
Orpha G. Kemmler 280 / 7A Assoc. Grand Conductress
Sharon K. Wise 205 / 4B Grand Trustee
Joyce D. Plonka 180 / 1B Grand Trustee
Bradley A. Lewis 52 / 6 Grand Trustee
Beverly J. McDowell 148 / 6 Grand Chaplain
Cheryl E. Eichner 201 / 4B Grand Marshal
Robert Trimble 463 / 15 Grand Organist
Brenda L. Gale 352 / 15 Grand Adah
Cathy A. Hoke 425 / 8B Grand Ruth
Erica L. Tantlinger-Gregorini 205 / 4B Grand Esther
Sabrina L. Brobst 154 / 13B Grand Martha
Tammie S. Lasswell 400 / 5A Grand Electa
Judith A. Wright 15 / 6 Grand Warder
J. David McKibben 375 / 8A Grand Sentinel